Career Transitions Forum

The Career Transitions Forum (CTF) is a unique series of lectures, presentations, and networking activities designed to support professionals who are transitioning in their careers.

Professionals from recruitment firms, corporations, and the local community will present a broad array of job search strategies and tips, with a different topic presented each week. New participants can join any week.  

Free Career Advising

Career Advising is available from our prestigious team of business executives for those who have attended at least one CTF session and preferably who have completed an HRD resume class. 

To schedule an appointment, submit the CTF Career Advising Request form, which is available at CTF ZOOM meetings on Thursdays from 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM. (Please NOTE that advising appointments will be meeting virtually using Zoom, Teams or any platform that the advisor chooses.)

Here are details on our current panel of advisors:

Claire Boland
Claire Boland
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Rachel Cox
Rachel Cox
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Olivia Ecker
Olivia Ecker
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Joy Hodge
Joy Hodge
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Peter Large
Peter Large
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
Deborah "Deb" Oronzio
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Prashant Pandya
Prashant Pandya
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Al Rankin
Al Rankin
CTF Advisor

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Scott Northern Wake Campus
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Schedule of Events  

As a precaution to addressing the Coronavirus,  Wake Tech's Workforce Continuing Education has temporarily suspended all face-to-face classes.  CTF will be meeting virtually using ZOOM.

RESERVE YOUR SEAT to begin the registration process for the next event.  You will be given a Wake Tech ID and a Wake Tech email. The registration process will be complete once we receive your HRD fee waiver form from your Wake Tech email.

If you have questions concerning registration, please contact Maureen Sanchez at [email protected].  You may contact Delia Burnett at [email protected] if you have questions concerning  CTF or Human Resources Development (HRD). 

Please visit hrd.waketech.edu to view other fee-waived classes available if you are unemployed, underemployed or facing a pending lay-off.  We are now offering ONLINE classes!  Welcome!

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June 11 | Deb Oronzio | What Do You Want to Know? Use Informational Interviewing to Find Out!

When we ask ourselves what we can do during this “slow” time, how about reaching out to relevant people within your companies of interest to learn more about the organization, the culture and what it takes to get hired there? In fact, you may even learn something that removes that target company from your list.

Today’s session will review the principles of Informational Interviewing – what it is, proper protocol for requesting and conducting these, and how to use LinkedIn to find the relevant people to reach out and connect with.

Deb - is the founder of Self-Empower Coaching whose mission is to help professionals achieve not only success but also experience satisfaction and significance in their careers.

June 18 | Joy Hodge | Is Your Job Search Strategy Working?

Recruiting practices and hiring philosophies are constantly changing, particularly in larger companies and competitive industries. In this session, we will focus on creating and executing effective job search strategies – with an emphasis on the benefits for the “mature professional”. You’ll gain ideas on how to emphasize the right things and minimize others, update your brand, and prepare for interviews.

Joy Hodge is a thought leader in Human Resource Development (HRD) and talent management, with over 20 years’ experience in designing innovative strategies, products and solutions to boost the effectiveness of leaders, managers, employees and organizations. Joy directly impacted business results, organizational effectiveness, employee engagement and retention at Fidelity Investments and GlaxoSmithKline, and gained deep experience in managing HRD product development teams at Global Knowledge. She has advanced degrees in Adult Education and Learning and Development from NC State University

June 25 | Teresa McDonald | Fine-tuning Soft Skills in Transition

This interactive session will provide tips on how to cultivate soft skills during career transitions to ensure that you are projecting your best self and are better able to fit different workplace cultures and navigate unwritten expectations.

Dr. McDonald works as a Career Coach and Faculty Advisor at Johnston Community College and is Founder and Principal Consultant with The Eunoia Consulting Group, LLC. As a Career Coach and Faculty Advisor, Dr. McDonald works to assist young adults who are transitioning to college and career pathways.

As a consultant, Dr. McDonald works to assist adults who are transitioning through different life phases. She obtained an M Ed in Training and Development and an Ed D in Adult and Community College Education, both from N.C. State University. Her professional background includes work in mental health and substance abuse crisis counseling, as a trainer for non-profit groups, and works on behalf of marginalized populations within school systems, non-profits, and government organizations.
 

July 2 NO MEETING | Enjoy your 4th of July Weekend!

July 9 John White | The Real World of Behavioral Interviews!

Most organizations use behavioral interviews (BI).  Human Resource managers are typically experts in BI techniques.  This seminar will help you prepare for and “ace” this type of interview.

John White is a senior supply chain executive with over 40 years of experience with Fortune and Global 100 companies. His expertise includes cross-functional strategic planning, organizational design, distribution center automation, operations performance metrics, retail analytics and merger analysis and integration.  He has held SVP and corporate officer positions with OfficeMax, Payless Cashways and Hagemeyer.  His international experience includes positions with B. F. Goodrich. 

John is a co-founder of Career Transition Support Group (CTSG), the original predecessor organization of Wake Tech’s Career Transitions Forum (CTF).

July 16 | Al Rankin Power Stories Win Interviews: Building Pitches and PARs

Telling memorable stories based on your real-life experience is a critical tool in coping with demanding behavioral job interviews and vital networking. Learn background, structure and positioning to help make your stories sing to recruiters, hiring managers and others.

Al Rankin has a broad background in branding, communications, marketing support and public relations, coupled with extensive involvement in community affairs. In 2016, Al became a Realtor with Fonville Morisey, a leading Triangle residential real estate firm.

He has served on the boards of Raleigh non-profit organizations since retiring here in 2006. After the 2008 recession, he became a founder and co-leader of a career transitions support group that has helped equip thousands of participants to more effectively search for jobs in today’s challenging environment. Since passing the co-leader torch in 2014, Al has remained a volunteer advisor to the group, known as Career Transition Forum.

Location: 

(currently meeting in Zoom)
Trinity Baptist Church - Chapel
4815 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC
Directions to Church
Church Campus Map

Day & Time:
Thursdays
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Arrive early and stay after for valuable informal networking!

CTF Link9.20edIn Group
This is a moderated group. Professionals must attend one or more CTF sessions to join.

Enhance Your Resume, Market yourself, Explore A New Career

HRD (Human Resources Development) courses provide assistance for adults who are trying to find employment, transitioning back into the workforce, or working to redefine their professional niche in today's global market. HRD offers many relevant classes that will help equip you for success in your job search. 


What our students are saying...

I have accepted an offer from Cisco as a Marketing Manager in their Enterprise Networking group. You can say that “networking” will be my job and not only a means for career advancement!
 
I am really thankful to you and other leaders and participants of Career Transition Forum group for their tremendous support, encouragement, willingness to help, opening rolodex’s, and insights into the modern hiring process. I truly learned from the wonderful speakers you invited, and from others’ experiences.
 
I am happy to extend help to anyone in the group to the extent I can.
 
- Vivek B., CTF Alumni

Today, I landed a permanent position at IAT Insurance as a Technical Project Manager/Process & Change Manager.  I am really excited!  It's truly a dream job for me where I will use all of my certifications. I could not have done it without your support and advice! Especially these 2 simple steps that REALLY made me a stand-out candidate:

  1. Networked with employed people in my field (which led to a friendship with an IAT IT staff member --> which led to my sincere interest in IAT --> which led to a referral!)
  2. Shared stories about specific technical projects I managed that are directly related to projects that IAT is planning to undertake now. 

- Elizabeth R., CTF Alumni


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